Like college freshmen scurrying to finish their term papers, Massachusetts legislators showed that procrastination doesn’t always spell doom. Before Thursday night’s deadline, they squeaked through bills aimed at reducing gun violence, creating jobs and strengthening domestic violence rules.
The debate over a proposed natual gas pipeline across northern Massachusetts reached Beacon Hill Wednesday, as several hundred people converged on the Boston Common to object to the plan.
The meeting was called by the House Republicans to talk about Governor Deval Patrick’s proposal to temporarily care for the children at either a military base in Chicopee or one in Bourne. Officials gather behind closed doors. Reporters weren’t allowed in and neither were protesters, who were having none of it.
After the Supreme Court struck down Massachusetts “buffer zone” law, top Democrats and Planned Parenthood scrambled to put together a replacement.
Candidates for Massachusetts governor are all over the place when it comes to Governor Deval Patrick’s offer to shelter a thousand children who were caught crossing into the U.S. illegally.
With almost unprecedented speed, the Massachusetts Senate passed a bill Wednesday night that was written after the Supreme Court threw out the state’s abortion clinic buffer zone law. The unanimous voice vote came just hours after the bill cleared a legislative committee.
Patricia Stewart, the executive director of Massachusetts Citizens for Life, says that just sounds like another buffer zone.
Five New England Governors met Tuesday to discuss a regional strategy for fighting the surge in heroin and opioid addiction.
Massachusetts Gaming Commission’s vote was widely expected.
The bill would allow deer hunting with bow and arrows on Sundays during deer season.
Opponents from both sides of the issue spoke against the proposal on Tuesday.
Joe Donovan, convicted of murder at age 17, is the first Massachusetts prisoner to go before a parole board since the state’s highest court ruled against automatic life sentences for juveniles.
An outside probe of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families released Wednesday concludes the agency should not be held responsible for the death of Jeremiah Oliver.
The Massachusetts House Speaker unveiled the legislation with only two months for lawmakers to pass it before the end of the session in July.
Patrick has said he won’t run for president in 2016, but he hasn’t ruled out other opportunities later. In the meantime, he’s using the funds in his PAC to get involved in races in other states, like Texas and Georgia.